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La Russa’s last reliever standing

On a standard 25-man major league roster, it is common to deploy a 12-man pitching staff consisting of a five-man starting rotation and seven relievers.

As the St. Louis Cardinals returned to action Friday evening in Cincinnati, rested from the four-day All-Star break, manager Tony La Russa gave each of the seven members of his bullpen the ball over just the game’s final four innings.

After taking the heat for sticking with his starters perhaps too long in several games prior to the break, La Russa took a more aggressive stance on Friday. He pulled starter Jake Westbrook after the inconsistent right-hander allowed two solo home runs over five innings.

More accurately, the seven Cardinals relievers only pitched the final 3 2/3 innings or 11 outs. The battle ended with two outs in the bottom of the ninth when Brandon Phillips launched the game-winning two-run home run off Cardinals closer Fernando Salas. The final score was 6-5, with both Mitchell Boggs and Salas logging blown saves. Kyle McClellan, not scheduled to start until this coming Wednesday, would have been La Russa’s next pitcher if needed.

Friday marked only the 13th time since 1919 that the Cardinals used seven relief pitchers in a nine-inning game. Given today’s pitching specialization, it comes as no surprise that eight of the 13 came on the watch of La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. Eight of the 13 games also resulted in a St. Louis defeat, though not the same eight.

The Cardinals record is nine relievers called upon in a Troy Percival spot start to conclude the disappointing 2007 campaign. It was at a time when rosters were expanded and the Cardinals were not preparing for post-season play.

With the exception of 2008, the Cardinals have had one seven-reliever game each season since 2004. The 2010 occurrence was on September 18, a game in San Diego during which McClellan, the Cardinals’ sixth reliever, took the loss.

Researcher Tom Orf points out that interestingly, this Friday’s game was the first time that the final pitcher in one of these seven-reliever games was saddled with the loss.

After a strong start to his reign as closer, in the last month Salas has been less than automatic. Since June 16, he has two wins and three losses and converted five of seven save opportunities.

St. Louis Cardinals, seven or more relievers in nine-inning game, since 1919

Opponent Date # relievers Result
PIT 9/30/2007 9 reliever win
CIN 10/2/2005 8 reliever win
LAD 9/8/2001 8 starter win
CIN 7/15/2011 7 reliever loss*
PHI 8/2/2006 7 starter loss
CHC 9/11/1975 7 starter loss
MIL 10/3/2004 7 reliever win
NYM 10/3/1964 7 starter loss
BRO 6/3/1955 7 starter loss
SDP 9/18/2010 7 reliever loss
CIN 9/7/1993-1 7 reliever loss
MIL 5/18/2009 7 starter loss
PIT 7/21/1954 7 reliever win

* only last reliever loss

(Including extra innings games, the list jumps to 33.)

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83 Responses to “La Russa’s last reliever standing”

  1. Brian Walton says:

    Saturday lineup features the return of PH8 and no Colby behind Carp. Descalso’s second game as leadoff man and second start at short.
    Descalso SS, Jay CF, Pujols 1B, Holliday LF, Berkman RF, Freese 3B, Molina C, Carpenter P, Schumaker 2B.

  2. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Its amazing how much information this lineup configuration contains ……………. you have to figure that Punto’s arm is still factoring……………… this lineup won’t beat a Reds team that plays well…….. that being said………. Bronson has no Mojo……. their starters are pretty demoralized by the presents of Dontrell I’d guess……..and the lack of support for Cuedo………. if we win its going to be by the long ball, with Bronson doing the serving……….. that also is the most likely scenario …………. no small game here………… Reds are fighting for there lives……..if we put blood in the water with this defensive setup…………..thats not so good……… Holiday and Berkman have to stay in the strike zone……AP has to stay in line…………. Jay is being handed a competitive chance to help run Rasmus off……….does he?

    A good winning scenario has Jay and Freese setting the stage…..and the big three taking it……… I would have set Molina’s azz down…………. Yadi’s has no complexity…….. he is proud to show his station in life………… PH8 was as much of an attempt at softening his pitch selections as providing any real opportunities for AP……his attempt at being an hombre in Cincinnati, over team contributions……..sucks……..

    Theriot I’m sure is getting the message about his pick off………one of the problems with taking a nice single up the middle…at the right time……it begs the question……why all the power swings…..and fly balls when you are allowed “free AB’s………… Arroyo is very vulnerable to people that just take what he gives……..to where that pitch needs to go……. which begs the question………why Skip at 2nd????????? MM’s philosophy as a power hitting opportunist, is taking a toll on this team in the win column…………….. and it is likely to continue…………prey Berkman finds an appetite……….. I don’t know what Holiday even eats anymore………..

  3. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Reading your offering Brian, something conspicuous stands out………… and its TLR…….
    Some may have argued that Tony, in a manner of speaking, wasn’t going all in yesterday choosing Westbrooke as his starter……… the most probable scenario……considering his risk and subsequent deportment…..is that he uses the BP in exactly the same manner as it was used……. to make a point.
    Westbrook was pitching well above expectations…….2 hr is still just two runs given up……. his cutting Westbrook’s start at 80 pitches was disguised by the pinch hit opportunity ………. putting him in line to run all his Pony’s in front of Cardinal nation……….. always taking care to not over work one…….
    to me……he was following a plan……….at the same time trying to take a game that they offered over and over again………..

    Salas is a quality kid………and he has good stuff………everyone gets hit………..I’ll say it again….that call is on Molina……and Dave too I feel for letting him make it. Molina was trying to show Phillips up by running his favorite pitch by him……….and the was done because Yadi could get no Satisfaction from his own game performance……………. but that is just the way I saw it……….. that type of stuff probably never happens around here…….this isn’t the “sandlot”………….. is it?

  4. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    No patients by AP…………. he started parallel….bounced to 10…..and tilted to 40…….looping and coming over the top…………………any player running in front of AP should be advised that he isn’t going to run anything out………and they shouldn’t be risking injury to break up a DP……..

  5. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    On the Reds feed……….they interpreted Carpenter show of emotion as “showing up” Freese……no question……………….. Tony..not being a dope….ran all the way out there to validate his interpretation of Carpenters concern.

    • RCWarrior says:

      If Freese keeps this up he will find himself over on the pine when Carp pitches right next to Colby and Theriot. Heck if Carp can’t throw the ball to second any better than that Carp won’t be able to play defense when he pitches. :)

  6. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    As I said earlier……..here in lies the problem………. AP, MH, LB,DF,YM had maybe 3 pitches in the strike zone between them……….. 2 were just called strike……….. the other was fouled out….. all the rest crap..

    AP is “jownzing” on his demon………his blood is boiling…….emotionally unstable……watch to see how this influences his batting stance………….

    Arroyo has no velocity……..he has a contract….and no game to go with it………. a good hitting team would slaughter him………. just make him throw the ball over the plate…..and crush him…….. only Danny D. just reaches out and touches one into play to force the stretch………..we are a team of individuals…………no team at all really………

    • RCWarrior says:

      I really like Arroyo. Has nothing really but will throw from 10 different arm slots and really keeps the hitter off balance. A competitor.

      Good grief….. Carp may have hurt something on that slide.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Can you believe Tony…….. putting his starter in a position to be “rotor-tilling” at third base……instead of just bunting him over…………. genius………… Albert was looking inside and down….he bent completely over to golf that……….and his bat only got to 45 degrees………..

  7. JumboShrimp says:

    Its great that Superman was born in Santo Domingo and plays for the Cards.

  8. RCWarrior says:

    Nice job by Jay to get to Albert. Then Bomb….Cards up. Good stuff.

  9. LarryBird says:

    Albert is locked in and ready to collect his 25 mil. per year:) As far as Carp controlling who starts……well that is just a bunch of BS!!!!!!! Why would he allow Berkman to start in right as he probably is the worst defensive right fielder in the game!

  10. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Freese will sit tomorrow as will Shu……………. LB……… Carp doesn’t influence the lineup….much….he certainly isn’t suggesting that Berkman sit………… the way Holiday is hitting…..I put Berkman in left against Homer………….have Colby and Jay in the game………..Jay will play….one way or another.

  11. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Looks like we are shortening a few swings………….. I wonder if that is MM…….or Tony pull his chain a little?

  12. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    I missed the AP swing……….center cut what ever it was……..off the end of the bat……..he is starting to quicken up again.

  13. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    I believe we just had a defensive inning…………. nice plays all around………… that spinning catch is a tough one……………………….Carp around 90………he will start 8……….does Tony have the BP stirring, or will it be the fire drill…………. Carp has exerted himself more than the pitch count…….I would be watching for signs of fatigue.

  14. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    He hangs a breaking pitch dead center……..and Holidays misses….. leg stomp is just out of kilter……..you can’t hit that and you need a couple days off……….

  15. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    RC……………you know what I do for Holidays leg kick problem?………….25 lb ankle weight……peel of 5 every 15 swings…………..do it every day for a week……….. just go through the cycle…….

  16. JumboShrimp says:

    It seems like Albert’s turn on the DL for his broken bone was also good for whatever other problems he had, because he looks like a dangerous hitter again. Hit one off the flame thrower Chapman, then tonight off the junk baller Arroyo.
    Its great Jay got the start tonight in CF. He has 3 hits in front of Pujols. Two men can generate a lot of offense, especially if one is named Pujols

  17. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Yikes……………… Punto won’t come out in the 9th………..if he is trying to protect his arm…….how bad is it?……………………. He likely puts Theriot at SS and moves Descalso over……….. or I would be amazed…

  18. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Dusty doesn’t want to throw to that boy from Alabama………….. Reds announcer said they walked him like he was Micky Mantle…………..

  19. blingboy says:

    Jay sure makes it hard to sit him down. Liked that heads up DP throw to second earlier.

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Competition is the best teacher BB……….. what bothers me a bit is Jay’s attitude……….he was very smart today……showed all his skills………including on base swings………..why the hell doesn’t he play that way all the time……………. these guys are totally obsessed with the Arbitration posture…….that is stupid….’
      forget the Bentley………….it will seek you out if it wants you………

      • blingboy says:

        The competition is over Westy.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          Not really BB………… Jay just understands the nature of it……….. he is is own worst enemy……… I hate to inform everyone here of a simple fact………. these guys are not Rhodes Scholars…….. they are very self interested……… Jay has been in the catbird seat a number of times………. there are many, many other variables in this……….many, way beyond baseball…… Its fun to watch…..let it be fun.

          The more I think about Salas bailing out on the high fastball………and then Molina going out………Yadi knows what the issue was……and he adjusted appropriately……… he also at least looked OPO tonight.
          He helped what seemed a very tense situation between them…………

          • Kansasbirdman says:

            Learned something new. I knew in the “catbird seat” meant. The same as “sitting pretty” but didn’t know thatt it had roots in baseball, and that it described a batter with three balls and no strikes. Wikipedia says Red Barber used to use it. Chalk that up there with the old timey nicknames.

        • RCWarrior says:

          Bling……… +1

  20. JumboShrimp says:

    Chris Carpenter, still our best starting pitcher. Great game.

  21. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Molina was overusing the FB again…………after the conference, he set up a few pitches……could of done that yesterday……….good win………. I’m wonder what will become of Punto now………

    I’m assuming Tony had some idea about Punto’s arm problems……….and the 3rd base issue……….not heeding that leads me to believe you will be seeing Decalso at short more often in coming weeks….. Tony wants someone that can make those throws…..Theriot is a joke……… is he petitioning Mo?

    • JumboShrimp says:

      Playing Descalso at SS is ok in baseball terms. It may also be Tony’s way of asking for a new SS. Since TLR favored Theriot last winter, Mo is probably shaking his head.

      • Leebo says:

        Maybe I am reading too much into this, but after watching the post game interview with Carp, I think Descalso will be playing ss his next start. Carp was very complimentry of Descalso.

      • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

        Tony consented to allot of things last fall Jumbo………including the firing of his BP coach……. Theriot’s name was on a very…….very short list of options ………… they had to save money to offer AP..remember.

        • JumboShrimp says:

          Westie, you are factually incorrect. In 2010, the Cards had Brendan Ryan at SS. We could have saved money by retaining him. Instead, the Cards took on an extra million or two in salary by replacing B Ryan with Theriot. We also acquired Cleto for Ryan and Cleto looks like he will be helpful by 2012.

  22. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Just a reminder to everyone…………. Holiday and Berkman aren’t feeding much at present………Last meal Holiday had was the “crow” served at the all star game………… whether that has relationship to who is taking down the prey……….would be a stupid question to ask………. the good news…….as long as Albert or Lance and Matt are producing……..even if never happens simultaneously……… actually works out okay……….the piston on your car don’t fire at the same time either…….. we just need to tune them up a bit when the money is down…………

  23. Leebo says:

    Really feel bad for Punto, I always love to see him in the line-up. Don’t know who replacement will be, FSMW crew seem to think it will be tyler green.

  24. Kansasbirdman says:

    Two pretty well played games last couple of nights. Would think that more hits spread out among lineup, and more. Singles and doubles would bode well bc I don’t think we can rely on the long ball to win every game, even if we have the MV3 ;-) .
    Went out last night for our 9 yr anniversary and when we walked in to the japanese restaurant we like to go to for sushi they had the game on! Usually there is something from syfy on, so was a nice present for me :-) I wasn’t just watching though and ignoring the missus, we actually had a conversation about some of the recent controversies, esp since she had overheard the radio interview from the last post. Her conclusion, ballplayers are people too, even if they seem superhuman, and people should be treated fairly in all life’s situations. She is a smart lady, I still can’t figure out why she married me :-)

  25. RCWarrior says:

    Good win tonight. Carp was excellent. One thing that seems funny is why there are so many errors behind him………..It seems those stairs at everyone who makes a mistake have caused the whole lot to play with a certain degree of nervousness.

    No more Theriot, Colby, Punto, and Freese when Carp pitches. Heck we may not get to see Descalso anymore after his boo boo tonight. Carp is so scarey he even made an error because he was so scared of his own stare. :)

    Jay did an excellent job tonight of being the catalyst. Without the bunt Albert never bats and therefore never hits the 3-run bomb. Player of the game tonight was Jon Jay. I’ll give the close second place vote to Carp.

    great job by Sala to bounce back.

    Good win for the cardinals tonight.

    • RCWarrior says:

      oops…stares. :)

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Rc………….when Chris ratchets it up, trying to focus through the “distractions” that surround this team, he runs a little bit “high test”……………. the changes that are made in relationship, that players must make to play with him are all good in my book…….I want that guy on my side every time………

      Dusty really respects Colby……..they don’t pitch to him if they can…….. all they little tensions that came into Colby’s swing this last week have helped him……. but only as they apply to his “head space”….. All of the pull ground balls yesterday were pitches that they fed him, knowing what the result would be…..knowing what he would offer at…and where………..
      repeatable swing is for Golf……….. and development programs……. he can’t setup trying to take the ball out in front every time……. it looks nice, but he is just a target for pitching with all the emphasis on scouting and tendency ……….

      move him off the plate 6 inches………… threaten to step across and take the outside where it wants to go………make the inside dangerous……….. he is a target right now…an easy target………. pitching is different here…….respect it and profit………..take away these very easy and obvious pitch sequences……….break them up………………

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      The human chew toy…………………… Strauss is being responsive to TLR, crd. That faction is attempting to force the issue before the trade deadline………….

      I’m positive………that there is hanky panky here………… and it is a fascinating game. I would warn some of the players here of this simple truth…………….. if anyone is assuming that the front office of the Cardinals is playing “all in” to win this season………..I would give that some thought…..as you will see in coming weeks………..should Colby end up a badly chewed toy……kept by the owners as a disruptive influence………because, and lets be honest……….if AP rises and this team goes into the playoffs, BD stands to be a big loser……..80 to 100 large loser……….either paid to AP, or in lost prestige for letting him go…………….. things he has so skillfully avoided the threat of……..until recently…………. Tony is pressing…using his influence to create change….he must win to survive….he knows Colby may not be committed to being a Cardinal long term (reason are all relative and debatable) But has of this moment…….Colby is caught in the crossfire in a much larger skirmish ……… when two dogs stop the chewing and pulling……both will abandon that toy……devaluing it to preserve their recent commitments to its importance………….. don’t be the Toy…….inescapably, the next teams commitment will always be proportionate to their investment………go cheap….and you will be treated thusly…………..

      • Brian Walton says:

        Let me see if I have this right, WC. Ownership wants the Cardinals to miss the playoffs so they can avoid spending $80-$100 million more on Pujols’ new contract than they would have to otherwise.

        Sorry, but that doesn’t pass the sniff test.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          I dare say its a bit more complicated than that Brian. There is a world in which winning and losing has little to do with the outcome of a few baseball games ……… perhaps you saw Waldo, and didn’t say so ……………. Faction are playing for control of the financial future of MLB ……… and as you see the Steroids charade played out, and the secret collusion agreement roll by……… the attempts of the commissioner to control a financial wildfire in LA………which is really just one of many out of control………….. big world……… as I said…… if what they are about doesn’t play well……..they can loose control………….. and that is a lot more expensive than AP’s contract………

          Example in point………if the California governor doesn’t block the Bankruptcy of PGE and Southern CA Edison…………. Enron is never exposed…….for what it was………. the same model was just used again to the tune of 4 trillion dollars………… there’s allot more to this game than you understand………the anomaly of AP’s statistics are being…….worked on………….. 80/100 million is hardly the issue…but it spends real well anyway I’d bet.

    • Kansasbirdman says:

      Some things said in that article that were given as fact aren’t and can’t be true, then several other alleged facts are based on speculation and conjecture. Given all that (and an apparent agenda seemingly the driving force instead of good journalism, not to mention what appears like a few instances of lazy reporting) and we are supposed to then believe or rely on him to accurately state what several unnamed sources supposedly said? I don’t think so. I am sorry to have gone to that page and given his article a hit.

      • JumboShrimp says:

        Every day or two, Strauss like other reporters has to generate an article. Its a long season, so he needs to write a lot about a lot of things. The great chasm between Rasmus and TLR has become one of the story lines.
        In reality, the Cards are looking to add one or two pitchers via trades. Berkman is a free agent after this season, not just Pujols. We need a lefty swinger or two for 2012, so probably will retain Rasmus. If we do trade Rasmus, it will only mean we are getting a good pitcher in return. We are not going to dump Rasmus for peanuts, just because of sob stories from Joe Strauss.

    • RCWarrior says:

      Yea Crdswmn, Joe is really grasping at straws in that article. ITs a typical article where you takes bits and pieces of what someone says and turn it into what you want it to be.

  26. Kansasbirdman says:

    Looking through the above table it appears that most of the times seven relievers were used in a 9 inning game were in september or October near the end of the regular season, even before the TLR era. I don’t know what that says perhapps withou seeing if the team had made the playoffs and the instances. Once a season still doesn’t seem too high, and this time it was coming back from the allstar break and Tony knew he’d have carp on the mound the next day so it wasn’t a huge risk.

  27. crdswmn says:

    Lineup: Theriot-6, Rasmus-8, Pujols-3, Holliday-7, Berkman-9, Freese-5, Cruz-2, Garcia-1, Schumaker-4.

    Cruz instead of Laird?

  28. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Colby was handled that time……..but I like his stance and setup………… Theriot tried to lift the first pitch and failed to scratch a hanger with his next “power shot”………… AP is speeding up..he is anxious…thats not good………

  29. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    I love to watch Cruz…………he’s like a little kid out there……… Garcia the grizzled vet………

  30. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Holiday and Berkman have to fire it up……….

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      Case in point RC……………..these guys have Holiday’s leg kick dialed in……….Arroyo would actually put some retard in his delivery trying to get him out of Phase……… Baily just showed him the slider/ almost off speed away……..with a very relaxed delivery……. he had blown his kick looking for a fastball….and couldn’t stop his swing twice……..he never considered a defensive AB………. he looks tired….I would have sat him………….Tony sees this………but that would change the parameters of the other show he’s managing.

  31. CariocaCardinal says:

    Tradng Laird would be nice if we could get something for him but can anyone really see trading Laird and risking a late season injury to Yadi where we go into the playoffs with Cruz and Anderson as our catchers?

    • blingboy says:

      I was thinking along those lines too, CC. Cruz’s versatility makes it possible for he and Laird on the roster. Or Cruz could go down until call-ups, finish out the season here. Then if either Yadi or Gerald go down, I think Cruz can be on the post season roster as an injury replacement. He could replace anyone who is ‘injured’ as I understand it.

      • Brian Walton says:

        As soon as Craig is ready, unless someone else is injured in the meantime, we’ll likely say goodbye to Cruz for awhile.

        I like Tony, but I doubt Molina would have allowed two consecutive wild pitches to tie the game.

  32. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    I hope that “snooze” doesn’t carry over to his defensive inning…………… 60+ pitches for Jamie….

    • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

      6 pitches………………..that helps plenty…………… lets see if this is our inning…like no DP by Theriot….. we shouldn’t be in this type of game against Bailey…….. lets see if Skip is looking deep… instead of bunting…..MM style…..

  33. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Skip goes up there..puts his left foot on the inside line and says…”I’m clearing the dish”…WTF
    Theriot gets a robin hood center cut floater……….and he lifts it
    Colby disposes of his AB with his repeatable swing……..they didn’t fool around..just went for the out pitch out the shut………….. try to keep HR pitch count down…….

  34. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Theriot just speeds up the process………. thats a bunch of games……..

  35. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Three in a row………….what kind of call was that……

  36. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    You rarely see Tony flustered…………….. Theriot just made his own future and Tony is pissed………
    The third straight buried breaking pitch with a guy on third was poor baseball…for obvious reasons………………… a good teams hero stand up right now and back there pitcher….lets see who AP is thinking of…………

  37. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    AP though that taking the first pitch would surprise…….. he tried to make a bad pitch his favorite pitch……… bad swing…….for that pitch……….. they walk Holidays reputation……….Berkman was trying to spank one OPO and the came inside……bad luck………… Freese was thinking base hit…..and spanked a bad mistake by Bailey…….thats tough luck…….wrong spin……….

  38. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    There’s a rights of passage moment by Jamie………game on the line,,,,,,guy destroys your last pitch…………..off speed……… hey I don’t need to impress anymore……they own me……

    • blingboy says:

      Jaime put up an outstanding line. 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6 K, 0BB, 103 pitches. Very nice.

      D support by middle infield and catcher was not the greatest, but the story of the game was the top of the lineup going Ofer.

      I would like to congratulate Matt, Lance, Nick and Skip for each getting a hit off of Cy Young.

  39. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Punto can make the short throws………you can’t send Skip up against a lefty here with Laird sitting over there………………

  40. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    What the hell happened to Laird…………is he not 100%…………. I figured he would off Colby…Molina? hope he is thinking single……….

  41. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Molina was trying to do the right thing…………tough luck………..

  42. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Most can remember the photo’s of the early H-Bomb tests in the South Pacific……… the massive water column with battleships climbing up its sides…………..

    When I see the Cardinals hitters come to the plate with all there battlements………. I just smile….
    Little Nick Punto goes up to the plate on a PH call……….battles for his life, and finally moves the runner over…….playing what was given………..anybody else take what was given today?

    Holiday is coming to the plate………his adjustment……….his game……..is just an attempt to vary the height of his leg kick…….so they will stop picking on him……… give that some thought……he needs the big step for some mystery mission to hit it out of the stadium??????? He keeps it down one time and goes away for a single that has him looking like a little leaguer he is so happy to get on………whats wrong with this picture???????

    AP is not going to be pitched to today…….but he makes no impact with that reality….. he can’t get on ……won’t wait for the walk……which has him jumping at early pitches so it isn’t so conspicuous that he’s about the “business” of AP again……….. bat up to 15/20 degrees at rest……slowly morphing back back…….. trying to stop his tilt…….off balance trying to get at those pitches that are so tempting….off the plate……trying so hard to punish them……that he misses pitches on the outer third…… he is getting more aggressive….less hurt…….. everyone just watching and not playing themselves…………

    Lance caught a mistake…… otherwise they pitched him smart…………question is…… we have all these players bringing their own personal agenda’s to the plate……..like battleships in a nuclear war…
    where’s the game…………..bad tactics to guess so much……to pull the trigger on count speculations…

    Skip has a finesse moment…..he’s doing the best he can…… Theriot reads the writing on the wall……struggles all game long….and finally breaks under the pressure…following his fiery/gritty temper into oblivion…….you might not see him again……..Tony can’t run fast enough to stop it……..Skip not really smart enough………. here comes Greene and who know what else……to play in NY… great..

    Reds were very tactically solid today even though they were flat……..Cardinals hardly seemed able to adjust……..all individuals in crisis ……….

    • CariocaCardinal says:

      Westie remembers photos from the H bomb tests……..(as my friend Westie would say)….think about that for a moment……..and the picture becomes clearer.

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